Is Dasha Zhukova the Next Leo Castelli?, Possible Da Vinci Found on Scottish Farm, And More Must-Read Art News

Is Dasha Zhukova the Next Leo Castelli?, Possible Da Vinci Found on Scottish Farm, And More Must-Read Art News
Dasha Zhukova
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– Dasha Zhukova Wins Leo Award: Russian art doyenne Dasha Zhukova has been honored with the 2012 Leo Award by Independent Curators International (ICI). Named after the late, renowned dealer Leo Castelli, the Leo recognizes the 31-year-old Zhukova's ambitious work to transform the city of Moscow into a hub of contemporary art and her various art projects including Art.syGarage Magazine, and the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture. Zhukova is in good company: Previous awardees include Chuck CloseJohn Waters, and Dorothy and Roy Lichtenstein. [Press Release]

– Lost Leonardo Found in Scottish Farmhouse?: A painting that a patient gave to a doctor in Scotland in the 1960s had been hanging in a farmhouse for years, until the late doctor's daughter Fiona McLaren, fallen on hard times, took it to be evaluated. Harry Robertson, director of Sotheby's Scotland, is said to have literally gasped upon seeing the painting — he told her it may be the work of Leonardo Da Vinci. The composition is on its way to Cambridge's Hamilton Kerr Institute for further evaluations to determine whether it is indeed the work of the Renaissance master — in which case it may be worth as much as £100 million ($156 million) — or one of his pupils. [Daily Mail]

 

– High Line Sets Fall Art Season: The elevated park in Manhattan's Chelsea gallery zone has emerged as one of the city foremost public art venues, and will maintain a high standard of outdoor installations this fall with a 120-foot tapestry by El Anatsui, a billboard mural by Thomas Bayrle, an interactive video piece by Jennifer West, an abandoned pickup truck installed on an adjacent building by Virginia Overton, and more. "We try to invite artists who can speak to two audiences," said High Line Art curator and director Cecilia Alemani. "There's the general public, and of course we cannot ignore that the High Line goes through Chelsea, one of the most important art districts in the world." [WSJ]

– Broad Art Museum Hires America's First China-Based Curator: The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University has hired Beijing-based Wang Chunchen as an adjunct curator. Rather than move to Michigan to take up his new position, Chunchen will remain in China. According to Broad director Michael Rush, Chunchen is the first China-based curator to be hired by an American art museum. About 10 percent of Michigan State University's incoming freshman class is Chinese. [AiA]

– Adam Clayton Powell Foundation Sued by Sculptor: The sculptor Raoul Cadet has filed a lawsuit against the Adam Clayton Powell J. Memorial Committee claiming that the Harlem-based non-profit has yet to pay him the final $25,000 installment of a $300,000 he received to create a statue of Powell, the first African-American congressman in New York State. Cadet says he completed the "eleven-foot-tall statue of Mr. Powell, cast in bronze, striding up an incline plane with his trench coat blowing in the wind" seven years ago, but is still owed $25,000. [Courthouse News]

– Hotel Rooms Are Now Mini-Showrooms: Hotels across the country are decorating their rooms with work by local artists that can be purchased right off the wall. The new trend appeals to younger guests who don't want to see the same thing in a hotel in New York and San Francisco. "This age group has a special appreciation for local sensitivity," said New York University's hospitality school dean Bjorn Hanson. "That would be things like helping local artists, helping local growers." [LAT]

– Young British Dealers Move to New York: We've heard a lot about blue-chip New York galleries rushing to open or expand in London (By the end of 2012, PaceDavid Zwirner, and Michael Werner will all inaugurate new spaces there). But for younger galleries, the tide is moving in a different direction. "The mood in New York is one of optimism," said Rebecca Hossack, a British dealer who opened a gallery in NoLita in 2011. "The mood in London is almost ingrained despair." [WSJ]

– Artist Studios Inserted Into Warsaw Alley: A trash-strewn gap between two apartment buildings in Warsaw — one a Soviet-era building, the other a pre-WWII and once predominantly Jewish tenement — will soon be occupied by Keret House, one of the world's narrowest buildings and likely the smallest artist studios in the world. Spanning a tummy-tucking 52 inches, the space is designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny and managed by the Polish Contemporary Art Foundation. "Warsaw and Poland need initiatives that can open our minds to the impossible, breaking the traps of routines, culture and history,” Szczesny said. "The house is narrow, but it should help widen minds." [Bloomberg]

– Matthew Higgs Interviews Paula Cooper: If you read one interview this week, make it White Columns director Matthew Higgs's conversation with Paula Cooper. The legendary dealer paints a vivid picture of how the art world has changed since she opened her first gallery in 1964. Asked if she would still open a gallery in today's climate, she quipped, "Maybe I'd just have a bookstore." [Interview]

– RIP Influential Art Critic Robert Hughes: The Australian art critic known for his writings in Time magazine from 1970 onwards, his many books — most famously his modern art treatise "The Shock of the New" — and an opinionated tone that combined a populist perspective on the art world with intellectual rigor, has died at 74 following a long illness. Among many fond obituaries, the Guardian's Michael McNay finds that "Hughes as the Crocodile Dundee of art criticism is too good a parallel to reject," the L.A. Times's Jori Finkel praised "the vigor or swagger (some would say bluster) of his take-no-prisoners prose," the New York Times's Randy Kennedy says of Hughes's tenure at Time that he was "a traditionalist scourge during an era when art movements fractured into unrecognizability." The Telegraph's Mark Hudson remarks admiringly that Hughes convinced readers that "he was prepared to take on the entire world and that he stood for absolutely nobody other than himself." [ARTINFO UK]

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